The 13 Commandments of being a Witch
1. Thou shall not turn thy ex into a frog.
2. Thou shall not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
3. Thou shall not laugh at nekked snow sprites.
4. Thou shall not get drunk with thy Goddess’s wine.
5. Thou shall not sacrifice thy little sister.
6. Thou shall not go running around proclaiming thy witchhood if thy are in times of burning.
7. Thou shall not question the word of thy High Priestess – She is God.
8. Thou shall not laugh at being nekked at coven – thou shall be killed.
9. Thou shall not commit to signing anything that declares any single person as thy lord and savior.
10. Thou shall not invoke thy Watchtowers only to say “never mind”.
11. Thou shall not burn enough candles to burn thy house down.
12. Thou shall not have the magickal name “Sir Stinky Fartsalot”.
13. Thou shall not call coven only for laughs.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 February 15
Explanation: What caused this unusual light rock formation on Mars? Intrigued by the possibility that they could be salt deposits left over as an ancient lakebed dried-up, detailed studies of these fingers now indicate a more mundane possibility:volcanic ash. Studying the exact color of the formation indicated the possible volcanic origin. The light material appears to have eroded away from surrounding area, indicating a very low-density substance. The stark contrast between the rocks and the surrounding sand is compounded by the unusual darkness of the sand. The featured picture was taken with the Thermal Emission Imaging System on the Mars Odyssey, the longest serving spacecraft currently orbiting Mars. The image spans about 10 kilometers inside a larger crater.
Moon near star Aldebaran February 15
Tonight – February 15, 2016 – the moon shines close to the star Aldebaran, brightest light in the constellation Taurus, for a portion of the night. The sky chart above shows the moon and Aldebaranas twosome appears at mid-northern North American latitudes on the evening of February 15.
Their closeness to one another will vary worldwide, but even so, Aldebaran will be the closest bright star to the moon on this night, no matter where you are on the globe.
In fact, if you’re in just the right place, you can actually watch the moon occult – pass in front of – Aldebaran. Aldebaran will disappear behind the dark side of the waxing gibbous moon and reappear on the moon’s illuminated side.
Tonight’s occultation is visible in its entirety during the nighttime hours from much of the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii. The far West Coast of the United States sees only the beginning of the occultation because Aldebaran will set before the occultation ends. We give the occultation times for two localities in local time, so no time conversion is necessary:
Honolulu, Hawaii (February 15, 2016)
Occultation begins: 11:09 p.m. local time
Occultation ends: 11:45 p.m. local time
Los Angeles, California (February 16, 2016)
Occultation begins: 1:05 a.m local time
Aldebaran sets: 1:36 a.m. local time
The occultation also takes place during the daylight hours on February 16 in southeast Asia, China and Japan. The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) gives the occultation times for numerous localities in Universal Time. Click here to find out how to convert Universal Time to your local time.
At present, we’re in the midst of an oocultation series of the star Aldebaran.
This ruddy star depicts the Bull’s eye in the zodiacal constellation Taurus the Bull. Can you see its reddish color in the moon’s glare?
Occultation series of the star Aldebaran. A little over a year ago, the first of a series of 49 monthly lunar occultations of Aldebaran began on January 29, 2015. This series will finally conclude on September 3, 2018. An occultation series of Aldebaran always starts in the polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
After the initial occultation on January 29, 2015, each subsequent occultation will occur farther and farther south on Earth’s globe, until reaching its southernmost point midway through the occultation series. The southernmost lunar occultation of Aldebaran will happen on August 25, 2016. Only far-northern regions of the Southern Hemisphere near the equator will be able to witness this southernmost occultation. Then the series will move northward again, until the concluding occultation in the Arctic regions on September 3, 2018.
These Aldebaran occultation series repeat in cycles of 18.6 years. The last series featured 48 lunar occultations from August 8, 1996 to February 14, 2000. The next series will present 48 occultations from August 18, 2033 to February 23, 2037.
Bottom line: Enjoy the close pairing of the moon and star Aldebaran – brightest light in Taurus the Bull – on the night of February 15, 2016.
Bruce McClure is the chief writer for the popular EarthSky Tonight pages. Since joining EarthSky in 2004, he has written thousands of astronomy articles, enjoyed here by millions. He also writes, gives planetarium shows and hosts a wide assortment of public astronomy programs in and around his home in upstate New York. If you ask an astronomy question on our site, it’s likely to be Bruce that answers it. His love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and he has sailed the North Atlantic, earning his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. Bruce is also a sundial aficionado. He says his number one passion – besides his wife Alice – is stargazing.
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The Wisdom of Buddha
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Your Daily Influences
February 15, 2016
Ace of Pentacles
Prosperity, pleasure and beauty can be realized.
Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.
Scorpio the Scorpion
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is determined, forceful, emotional, intuitive, powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic. This person is probably an acquaintance you made at work.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Key indicates the existence of a powerful tool capable of favorably influencing your future. The Key may be an idea, physical entity, an action, a mentor, or the combination of a number of things. While readily available to you The Key may not be all that obvious. You might have to search for it, and it may take a fair dose of courage and faith to actually use it.
As a daily card, The Key indicates the presence of an idea or entity that can positively effect your life at this time. The advantage The Key will give you may concern a single element of your life such as your career, or it may have an impact on your life as a whole. The trick for you is to identify your Key and have the courage to use it.
Today’s Witches Rune
Meaning: The first meaning of this rune is quite obvious: it represents women. Any woman that is important in the question, whether you know her or not, will be represented by this rune. Mother, sister, aunt, grandma, a female boss, friend, lover or even enemy… all can be symbolized by the appearance of this rune.
In a more general sense, this rune is related to traditional female abilities and characteristics, such as giving birth, nurturing, comforting and healing. When this rune appears, you can count on the sympathy of others towards you or your situation. In its most negative aspects, the Woman rune can show over-protectiveness, a patronizing attitude or co-dependency. It often strives to maintain the status quo, refusing to change even if the situation is bad.
The Woman rune is connected to nurturing – nurturing a relationship, a person or a project. Like the Moon rune, it can be related to finding a safe place to rest and heal, but while the Moon implies a solitary retreat, the Woman often shows that you need to go back to the people you trust, the people you feel safe with.
Healing is another strong aspect of this symbol, as well as teaching. You can be both the patient/student or the healer/teacher when this rune appears. This rune is also connected to creativity, but in a way that is different from the Romance rune. While the latter is about the conception of a project – the initial stages of creation – the Woman is about the birth of this project. When your creation is brought out into the world, fully manifested.
In relationship readings, this rune isn’t bad, but rather weak. While it can indicate subtle ties between people, these are usually so, so subtle that the partners can easily drift away from each other. It can show that one of the partners sees the other as someone who needs to be protected and healed, rather than an equal. Usually, the romance is a bit stagnated when this rune appears, or very close to becoming a friendship.
Your Spiritual Journey Australia
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram
February 15, 2015
Judge people by who they are and not by their outward beauty.
Line One of Your Hexagram is a 6:
Choose your friends and acquaintances carefully.
Line Two of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Avoid the company of malicious people.
Line Three of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Be watchful of those with low morals but give deserving ones a second chance.
Line Four of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Stand up to immorality and negativity.
Line Five of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Surround yourself with intelligent, trustworthy people. Remain humble.
Line Six of Your Hexagram is a 9:
Take advantage of the conceit of others.
Your Rune For Today
Fehu is the Rune of prosperity, good luck and unbridled creative energies. Being associated with Frey, this Rune is also a powerful omen of fertility. Fehu is one of the three Mother Stones and should never be taken lightly.
Additional information about the Rune, Fehu
FEHU – The Rune of Wealth and Fulfilment
Norse (Viking): Fe
Old English: Feoh
Other Names/Spellings: Faihu, Fé, Feh, Feo
English Letter Equivalent
F as in fat
Money, Cattle, Wealth
Reward, Wealth, Nourishment
Realized ambition. Good health. Wealth. Love fulfilled. Good fortune. But remember – be charitable and show compassion.
Fehu means cattle, a measure of wealth to the ancients. Today Fehu means movable wealth, such as money and possessions. It also implies the energy and hard work that leads to wealth. Fehu can mean emotional and spiritual riches, as well as money.
Fehu is Frey’s rune, and he is the god of fertility, itself a form of wealth. It is a rune of unselfish abundance. Let it shine forth to lighten your path and the paths of others. You will never run out of your spiritual richness, but don’t waste it on those who will abuse it. Discernment is important.
Failed ambition. Health problems. Poverty. Love unrequited. Bad luck.
Hidden reward. Undiscovered wealth. Nourishment withheld
Runic Number: 1
Color: Light Red
Element: Fire and Earth
Associated gods: Frey, Freyja
Astrological Correspondence: Aries
Oswald the Runemaker
Tarot Card of the Day
Traditionally known as the Hierophant, this card refers to a Master and the learning of practical lessons from the study of Natural Law. This energy of this card points to some agent or resource that can reveal the secrets of life, the cycles of the moon and tides, the links between human beings and the heavens.
Because monasteries were the only places a person could learn to read and write in the middle ages, a Hierophant was one to whom a student would petition for entry. He was the one to set the curriculum for the neophyte’s course of study.
Often pictured with the right hand raised in blessing, the Hierophant is linked with the ancient lineage of Melchezidek, initiator of the Hebrew priestly tradition, the one who passes on the teachings. All shamans of any tradition draw upon this archetype.
Get a Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 16th
The cosmic energy lightens up today, prompting us to bounce around from one activity to another. But the jumpy Gemini Moon makes so many stressful aspects throughout the day that there is barely time to recover from one event before something else comes along to pull us in yet another direction. Although this action might be exciting at first, a midday Moon-Saturn opposition throws an obstacle in our path, preventing us from reaching our goals.
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
You know what you want today, but your fluctuating emotions aren’t nearly as stable as you think. You could tell a variety of stories throughout the day, which certainly could be confusing to others. Nevertheless, you repeatedly explain yourself each time you change your mind. Unfortunately, your valiant attempts to bridge the communication gap might just increase your loneliness and frustration. When in doubt over how much to share now, say nothing at all.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Someone’s unfriendly communication style might hurt your feelings today. As much as you struggle to understand their intentions, you can’t comprehend why you deserve this cold shoulder. In fact, you may have done absolutely nothing at all to provoke rejection. Be patient and don’t take everything so personally. Ultimately, you could discover that your angst stems from a misunderstanding and not an intentional slight. The problem finally fades into the past when you learn the truth.
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
You may be excited about everything and nothing today as the Moon skips through jittery Gemini. Your ideas come and go so quickly now that you might not be able to keep up with yourself. Each thought appears like a stroke of brilliance; the fact of the matter is that your perspective is slightly warped while cerebral Mercury is stretching his wings in radical Aquarius. Explore your imagination and enjoy your fantasies, but don’t assume that you can manifest your dreams in the real world so easily. Intention plus hard work equals magic.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Your coworkers seem to be unappreciative of your production today, even if your work habits are irreproachable. Don’t let anyone’s misinformed judgments lead you on a journey of self-doubt. Unfortunately, you could talk yourself into a major funk now, so try not to take criticism too personally. Maintain a hands-on but heart-off approach to making things run smoothly. Walk on the sunny side of the street and see who follows.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
You might remember something in a flash that makes you feel quite serious today, but it’s still easy to project a lighthearted attitude. However, your upbeat nature could complicate matters, especially if people assume you’re not operating with a proper demeanor. Meanwhile, you know you’re not ignoring what’s happening; you’re just making a conscious choice about where to focus your attention. Remember, the reaction of your friends is less important now than what you experience on your own.
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
Staying on task is nearly impossible today, especially if your work demands exacting concentration. You often enjoy sorting out the details, but logical Mercury’s journey into futuristic Aquarius makes it more difficult to communicate your thoughts. You still may need to maintain productivity, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall short of your own expectations. Even Virgos need to take a break from the rat race now and then.
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
You are eager to engage in a conversation with a potential friend or lover. Consciously acting sweetly is the first step to deepening your bond while hoping for the same treatment in return. But there are complex intricacies to handle today as the coolness of Saturn’s restraint hides your true feelings. Don’t just overcompensate by slipping into denial; avoidance won’t turn an uncomfortable situation into a more pleasant one. It’s much smarter to work at improving the real world now rather than escaping into a fictional one.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
Your feelings are twisting around current events and bending you out of shape in the process. The problem is you’re not sure how to get your heart back to where it belongs. Your spiritual ideals encourage you to connect with your friends, but it’s tough when you don’t receive positive responses to your overtures. You long for a warmer reaction and without support, you’re afraid you can’t continue to express yourself in such a vulnerable way. Nevertheless, remember that it’s not about how you are loved; it’s about how you love others that really matters.
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
You want to show everyone how to have fun today and your irrepressible spontaneity can shatter people’s expectations of how maturely you should act. However, responsible behavior could be pushed to a back burner while your wildly creative side steals the show. Luckily, your competence enables you to adapt to the changing situation well enough that no one realizes you have escaped into the recesses of your own private universe.
Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
Self-discipline usually comes easily to you austere Mountain Goats, but not while indulgent Venus tries to squeeze in some last-minute fun before leaving your sign later tonight. You might attempt to be serious-minded, but you’re just having too much fun today. There’s no harm in feeling joyful, even if your current exuberance has nothing to do with your job. Nevertheless, you will return to work even more determined to make a positive impact if you feel revitalized by doing something outside your normal comfort zone.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
Suppressing your hope is nearly impossible now, but you might be struggling to wrap words around your current optimism. Don’t worry about your inability to explain your intentions today; the most intelligent thing you can do is to lead by example. Anyway, you’ll be better able to share the process of your inner journey in a couple of weeks, and it should be well worth the wait. In the meantime, your actions will speak so loudly that no one will even notice your silence.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
You’re swinging back and forth on an emotional pendulum today, tightly stretched between feeling overly confident and worrying yourself sick about the judgments of those around you. Unfortunately, making an important decision is complicated by not knowing if you are being recognized for the contributions you make in a relationship or at work. Reexamine your assumptions about others before they get in the way of an otherwise perfect partnership. Giving those you care about the benefit of the doubt is a gift that brings peace to your heart.